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Gut Microbes. 2012 Nov-Dec;3(6):483-4. doi: 10.4161/gmic.22637.

Sizing up microbes.

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Veterinary Science and Microbiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA. vkv@email.arizona.edu

Abstract

The size range of life forms is dictated by basic principles of physics. Large microorganisms, with sizes approaching a millimeter, have compensating features that address the immutable laws of physics. For pathogens, size may impact a range of functions, such as adherence and immune evasion. We review several recent studies on factors impacting, and impacted by, the size of microorganisms.

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23117415
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PMC3495784
DOI:
10.4161/gmic.22637
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